Snowfall shuts Sgr-Jmu highway

Snowfall shuts Sgr-Jmu highway

Avalanche warning issued for next 24 hours
Srinagar: Rain and snow for the second consecutive day on Wednesday forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Bhagat said that traffic movement on the 300-km-long highway was closed because of fresh snowfall which triggered shooting stones and landslides at several places.
He also said that no vehicular movement would be allowed on the highway on Thursday in view of the bad weather forecast.
The meteorological department has issued forecast of more rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher regions of the valley because of an active western disturbance.
“More rain is expected in plains and moderate snow in the upper reaches till Saturday,” the official said.
The Met department said that fresh snowfall was recorded in south and north Kashmir on Wednesday. Several areas of north Kashmir including Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore and Baramulla received intermittent rain and snowfall. Markets wore a deserted look as people avoiding stepping outdoors.
Complaints of waterlogging came from Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Sangrama, Sheeri and other areas.
Air traffic, though, remained unaffected by the bad weather.
“The weather conditions didn’t affect the schedule of the flights. There were no cancelations or delays. All flights took off on scheduled time,” said SP Srinagar airport Manzoor Dalal.
Meanwhile, divisional administration Kashmir has issued an avalanche warning for next 24-hours for hilly and avalanche prone areas of Kashmir Valley and Kargil district.
“Medium danger avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours from March 08 to March 09, 2017 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche prone slopes in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Budgam and Kargil districts of Kashmir Division,” a statement of the Divisional Administration said.
Accordingly, all concerned deputy commissioners have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during the aforementioned period and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident, an official handout said.

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